Housing Complex

What Will the Mayor’s Conservation Corps Do for You?

Ask not what you can do for your mayor...But what your mayor can make working-age teenagers do for you?

Last night, I came home to find this door hanger at my house. The same thing was tucked under windshield wipers in Adams Morgan this morning...And then lo and behold, I saw some actual kids working on a flowerbed on Euclid Street a block or so later.

Apparently, the Mayor's Conservation Corps—part of the famous summer jobs program—will be out and about this summer fixing up, well, whatever we damn tell them to:

"If you'd like to suggest a project, or have a question about our program, please contact mayorsconservatiocorps@dc.gov or (202) 535-2325. MCC will be working Monday through Friday until August 21 and will do our best to respond to project requests within two days of receiving the request."

Delightful! And vague. I'd like an herb garden planted on my block—Can that be done? My neighbors recently complained to my landlord that our house's trash was overflowing because the collectors just don't come often enough. Could the mayor's conservation corps systematically re-distribute that extra trash to the winiest neighbors' bins?

I'm actually genuinely curious about what people are requesting. More info to come, hopefully.